18th October – Save the date in December
Marriage Masterclass with Teams of Our Lady: A Catholic Proposal. (SECOND EDITION) December 1-8, 2020
After the successful Marriage Masterclass held earlier this year, the Expansion Committee of Teams of Our Lady Ireland is organising a second edition to be held on a private group on Facebook from the 1st until the 8th of December 2020. This free event consisting of pre-recorded videos will be open for eight days to members of Teams and beyond. This edition of the Masterclass will include some of the previous videos and many new ones.
The scope of this masterclass is to promote the spirituality of Teams, sharing the beauty and richness that this movement brings to our lives. It is a great opportunity to give testimony about Teams, to share our experiences and to create a stronger connection between worldwide couples and chaplains involved in the movement.
If you want to record a video please get in touch via your Regional Couple.
10th October – Northern GB Gathering
We are delighted that Fr Nick Kern was able to give our keynote presentation on Sacrament of Marriage; Graces and Mission. If you were not able to join the Zoom Gathering – here’s Fr Nick’s presentation.
30th September 2020
The Alliance of Catholic Marriage Organisations – What can quilts teach us about marriage?
I am fascinated by the time, effort and creativity involved in making quilts, extending to the fabrics, patterns and especially the story. To enjoy the beauty of the quilt you need to get a sense of its overall style, before focussing on the detail of each panel. At my son’s school the class made their teacher a quilt, each panel reflecting their individual story: a powerful affirmation, and a window into their lives.
This fits well with the shared ongoing project of the rich tapestry of marriage. As Christians we are conscious that, whether each panel is good, bad or indifferent, it is held together by the thread that is Christ. At the beginning of married life, we bring our own stories, grafting these into the quilt that reflects our shared journey. It is easy to spot the momentous occasions: the wedding, the arrival of children and events that bring a smile. However, life is not always lived in glorious technicolour and there can be times that are difficult or painful.
How will the panel of our marriage quilt look for 2020? It certainly won’t be empty, lived in a landscape with blurred boundaries. How has our journey been changed? Do we notice little green shoots of hope? Every marriage is unique, but couples face real and common pressures. This may require crafting the scene more carefully, which may be difficult as couples face uncertainties about the future. Making a quilt requires an overall vision, a readiness to adapt and guidance from others to manage the project. As we move towards living with the pandemic, how can we help you to continue crafting your beautiful marriage story quilt; provide the materials to mend the patches, help you find new fabrics and colours that sustain you through prayer?
The Alliance is a special quilt with different charisms and insights, helping couples discover and rediscover the innate beauty of their ‘project’: those who initially help prepare the materials, those offering essential repair kits, those who refresh and re-equip, and those who, through the gift of scripture, keep each panel held by the love of Christ.
This blog was written by Rev. Roger Carr-Jones from Marriage Care who are part of The Alliance of Catholic Marriage Organisations
9 September 2020
18 September is the anniversary of Father Caffarel’s death. Couples are invited to celebrate his wonderful contribution to the development of our married spirituality and family togetherness. Couples are invited to pray this prayer and invoke the Holy Spirit on 18th September.
6th September 2020
The 2020 college of the END movement has just finished. It was a “virtual meeting ” with the Super Regional Couples from around the world meeting via Zoom and YouTube over the last week. Here is a link to the opening ceremony and further links can be found on the International Website – see links page.
Bishop Nicholas Hudson Auxiliary Bishop for the Diocese of Westminster reflects on his parents being in Teams. A contribution for the Marriage Masterclass 13 to 16th August.
10th August 2020
Dear friends in Teams,
We are delighted to announce that our Marriage Masterclass with Teams of Our Lady: A Catholic Proposal will be taking place on a private group on Facebook, from Thursday, 13th of August at midnight, until Sunday evening, 16th of August 2020, at 11.59 pm (Irish time). Over 30 videos, from 8 countries spanning 4 continents are waiting for you at this free online event. Join our private Facebook group called Marriage Masterclass with Teams of Our Lady: A Catholic Proposal. To note, you can send your request anytime, however all our guests will be allowed in only at the start of the event.
Many thanks to all our contributors who opened their hearts and shared so many beautiful and moving stories about their lives, marriages, vocations and experiences in Teams. We appreciate all their efforts, along with the wonderful support offered by so many other Teams’ members.
Finally, please keep the Marriage Masterclass in your prayers so it will be a successful event and will reach many hearts. We need your prayers so that everything goes nice and smoothly. Heartfelt thanks for your continuous support.
God bless you all,
Ingrid, Padraig, Filipa and David
Marriage Masterclass- Teams of Our Lady Ireland
4th May 2020
The Diocese of Westminster published on their website an article by Janet & Paul DeBoo (GB Central Regional couple). Please take a look via this link: The Joy of growing closer to God and each other every day
3rd May 2020
Beatitudes for a Global Pandemic
We’re very grateful to Antony Denman sharing to us a link to the YouTube cartoon video “Beatitudes for a Global Pandemic”. We found many of its benedictions and prayer intentions very moving and worth passing on:
Pope Francis’s prayer to Mary during the corona virus pandemic:
you always shine on our path
as a sign of salvation and of hope.
We entrust ourselves to you, Health of the Sick,
who at the cross took part in Jesus’ pain, keeping your faith firm.
You, Salvation of the Roman People,
know what we need,
and we are sure you will provide
so that, as in Cana of Galilee,
we may return to joy and to feasting
after this time of trial.
Help us, Mother of Divine Love,
to conform to the will of the Father
and to do as we are told by Jesus,
who has taken upon himself our sufferings
and carried our sorrows
to lead us, through the cross,
to the joy of the resurrection. Amen.